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The country mouse heads for the city

I started writing this post and Robert leaned over to read what I was writing.

“What’s the city?”, he asked. I looked at him under my brows. “Vancouver?”, he said, “That’s not a city that’s like Henley on Thames! 🙂 ”

“To you it’s an outpost!”, I said, we laughed.

Yesterday, our good friends Chris and Diane rode over for lunch. They came on Chris’s epic custom made chopper. We heard them arriving from way down the lane.

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I made a “clear the fridge for Robbie” lunch. 🙂 There were a couple carrots, a zucchini and some broccoli left. These, non-Robbie veggies, plus the end of the brie and some cheddar, made a lovely frittata, and half of a package of ricotta cheese, and half of a package of rolled puff pastry made a quick and delicious nectarine tart for dessert.

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We had a lovely lunch and catch-up and then R and C went off to talk cars and bikes while Diane and I drove to Oxford so I could do some last minute shopping.

This morning I’m packed, ready for the flight and thinking about last night as R and I talked about our summer and future plans.

I’m going to miss my Oxfordshire for a few months, but am looking forward to my home in Vancouver, my children, who I miss desperately, R coming over soon, my garden, new floors, city life.


(I’m not going to miss raking up the mountains and mountains of leaves from our huge maples.)


But the things I’ll miss the most are the everyday things.

I know I usually show you all sorts of beautiful atmospheric photos but my everyday photos, like this one, are super filled with meaning and emotion.


I’ll miss both my boys for a while.

R and I talk every day for at least an hour, sometimes two or three. Everyone who knows us knows never to phone us at Vancouver 9am or British 5pm, because that time is always reserved for our daily phone call. When we’re apart and can’t talk, I always send R a daily post card until I get back to the phone.


So I’m off this morning back to Vancouver and R is staying here for a while, but in the meantime I have our lovely summer photos and I’m savouring every one.

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Comments: 14

  • September 4, 2013

    One of the things I miss about being part of a couple is entertaining other couples and families with children, when my daughter was a child. I like your blog when you are in the country and when you are in the city. I’ve missed pictures of C. That tart…yum!

  • September 4, 2013

    well now that you emptied the fridge, whats he going to eat! i see lots of take away and restaurant meals …

  • September 4, 2013

    I can’t imagine what you must be feeling/felt because of needing to return to Vancouver. I’ve enjoyed the photos of the countryside these last couple of months. I also look forward to your return to your Vancouver home and reading about your adventures in your flower garden. Both places are so lovely – lush and GREEN. BTW, I never bought that colorful leather journal from the shop on Oxford. Too expensive for something that would be ANOTHER blank journal waiting for me to pick it up. Thank you for your consistency in blogging.

  • September 4, 2013

    Hope you have a safe trip home and that you settle back into life there quickly. It must be hard splitting yourself between two such different lives. juliex

  • Christie

    September 4, 2013

    Your “clean out the fridge” meal sounds like a gourmet delight. And that tart!!! Does it ever look yummy! I look forward to learning more about your Vancouver life. Safe journey.

  • September 4, 2013

    What an awesome life you live…..I could definitely go for a slice of that nectarine tart right now…

  • Catherine Llewellyn

    September 5, 2013

    Thanks for your delicious presence here in Oxfordshire – and hurry back!! xxxx

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